Being Proactive

March 4, 2014
by Monica Smith

I often hear from cancer patients that they feel a sense of helplessness when they are diagnosed.  Their body is attacking itself and they are reliant on doctors and other medical professionals to make decisions and treat the disease.  While our control over the disease may be limited, there are many steps a patient can take to be proactive.  From getting a second opinion and asking the right questions to finding clinical trials and advocating for research, there are many ways a bladder cancer patient feel empowered.


Additionally, we have noted many times that the disease has been largely ignored in the general public.  As patients, caregivers, advocates, and researchers, it is our responsibility to bring bladder cancer to the forefront.  With 500,000 people living in the U.S. with bladder cancer, we can have a powerful voice.


This is the topic of our next Patient Insight Webinar – “How to be a Proactive Patient”.  We are pleased to have a wonderful panel of presenters all hailing from the Tar Heel State:

  • Stephen Riggs, MD, Carolinas Health Care System
  • Mary Dunn, NP, OCN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • David Langham, Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group, Chapel Hill


Join us on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 PM EST for this informative hour-long presentation.  The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session with questions submitted by the audience.


Register online at

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